Over the course of the year-long Democratic primary, the race for the party's nomination was clear that it would either be Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders. Despite anger from supporters of both campaigns, the senator from Vermont took to the stage at the Democratic National Convention and made it clear about who should be the next president.

Sanders sets the record straight

Sanders came out of the gate and surprised everyone.

The little known Vermont senator had always had his supporters, but it came as a complete surprise that he would be able to pose such a serious threat to the former Secretary of State on a national stage. After a taught fought primary, Sanders didn't have enough in the tank, as Clinton was able to prevail by reaching the required number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. As witnessed on July 25, Sanders closed out the first night of the convention, thanking his loyal supporters, while urging them to support Clinton moving forward.

Sanders spent the beginning of his speech giving thanks to those who have gotten him as far as he did, as the crowd cheered him on in the process. However, Sanders quickly shifted focus and concluded, "based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States." As the crowd cheered, Sanders reiterated, "The choice is not even close."

Comparing both Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, Sanders ran through a list of policies differences, pointing out the importance of rallying behind the former First Lady in November.

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"If you think you can sit it out," Sanders said, in a possible reference to the "Bernie or Bust" movement, "take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate."

Sanders wasn't naive, and did acknowledge that "It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues." Despite this, he did speak about the Democratic Party's shift in a more progressive direction when it comes to trade deals, breaking up the big banks, and raising the minimum wage.

Election forecast

According to recent polls, Clinton holds a slim lead over the billionaire real estate mogul, though both candidates are polling within the margin of error. With Sanders and others rallying behind Clinton, only time will tell if it's enough to get her to the White House.

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